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Thursday, October 11, 2012
Frustrations in the OR

A new study has found that a lack of control over operating rooms, resources, and work-life balance are some of the major reasons surgeons are unhappy with their jobs. The study, headed by trauma surgeon Dr. Najma Ahmed from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, was conducted when both the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Canadian Medical Association reported (in 2010 and 2007, respectively) a decrease in the number of general surgeons.

Dr. Ahmed claimed that since the general surgery workload in North America will increase over the next 20 years as a result of the aging population, it’s important to figure out why there is a declining interest in the healthcare field and why so many are leaving it. Evidently, career dissatisfaction is a result of issues such as insufficient access to -- and control over -- resources, and a perceived disconnect between the hospital admins and clinical priorities. These factors have a direct negative impact on overall patient care.

A potential solution to some of these issues may involve revamping the model of acute care surgery. This model separates emergency and elective surgical care and removes any competition between the two services for institutional and human resources, thus, effectively reducing the workload for providers.

What are your frustrations in the OR? Have you experienced similar issues of understaffing or heavy workloads? Are your obstacles different from the ones listed here? Let us know what you think in the comments section.

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Elizabeth M. Thompson
Elizabeth M. Thompson is the Editor-In-Chief of OR Nurse 2012. She is also a Nursing Education Specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.